The School is pleased to announce the appointment of 105 adjunct faculty appointments under the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway 2021/2022 scheme. The appointments include 39 first time appointments, 33 promotions and 14 re-appointments. These appointments bring our adjunct faculty including non-clinical adjunct and visiting academic staff to 867 individuals, the largest ever in the School’s history.
First introduced in 2008/2009, this adjunct appointment scheme is designed to recognise those clinical staff who contribute strongly to our academic programmes despite having no formal academic appointment. Appointees include hospital consultants, general practitioners, senior radiographers and advance paramedics who support clinical training within our undergraduate medicine, radiography and emergency medicine programmes as well as who lead or contribute to postgraduate education and/or research.
Of the 36 first time appointments, 14 were made at the rank of UCD Assistant Clinical Professor / Clinical Lecturer, 23 were appointed as UCD Associate Clinical Professor and 2 individuals were appointed at UCD Clinical Professor. Of the 52 promotion applications, 33 successful applications included UCD Associate Clinical Professor (18), UCD Clinical Professor (12) and UCD Full Clinical Professor (3).
Among the senior faculty re-appointed or promoted in the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway 2021/2022 were:
Formal applications were assessed in a three-stage process by panels of senior academic staff including Section Leaders & Heads of Subject, Dean & Associate Deans and representatives from other Irish Medical Schools. Applications were evaluated based on contributions to teaching & learning, research & innovation, and academic & clinical leadership.
Consistent with our commitment to gender equality, an analysis of appointments and promotions by gender was also undertaken. While there was no significant gender disparity among first time applications, there were almost twice as many applications for promotion from male compared with female applicants. This ratio represents an improvement from previous years however the overall success rate of promotion applications from female applicants (10 from 19) was lower than that of their male counterparts (23 from 33). The School strongly encourages our female adjunct faculty to consider making a promotion application when the 2022/2023 scheme opens later this year.